jon ronson


Everyone on tumblr needs to watch this.

Everyone who has ever made a call out post

Everyone who has ever lead a witch hunt over 

Everyone who has ever doxxed someone

Everyone who has ever cheered as a stranger’s life fell apart.

You all need to watch it

and take it to heart.  

Public Shame

As I mentioned, I recently read Jon Ronson’s book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” and thought it made some very compelling points on the renaissance of public shaming in the age of social media.  I was going to post my highlights, but then I realized I’d highlighted about 30% of the book, so instead:

I wrote down what I thought were some of the key, take-home points the book made, and pulled quotes from the book in no particular order for each of them.  It’s  still a wall of text, but feel free to wade in if you’re interested.

Again, I strongly recommend giving this book a read.

  • Public shaming is often motivated by a belief that one is Doing Good
  • Public shaming is about social conformity
  • Public shaming can make us LESS aware of viewpoints different that our own 
  • Shame works because we are all afraid
  • Shaming others can bring out our own brutality
  • Shame leads to dehumanization and “death of the soul”
  • Shame leads to violence
  • Technology has strange warping effects on how public shaming affects us (and social media shaming can have longer impacts than we expect)
  • There is evidence that “De-shaming” may have more positive outcomes than shaming

quotes from the book supporting each point under the cut. (bolding mine, quotes by paragraph and in no particular order)

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I, personally, no longer take part in the ecstatic public condemnation of people unless they’ve committed a transgression that has an actual victim, and even then not as much as I probably should. I miss the fun a little. But it feels like when I became a vegetarian. I missed the steak, although not as much as I’d anticipated, but I could no longer ignore the slaughterhouse.

Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

I’ll never forget this story:

Context: It was simply a legal technicality. Something to do with homeowners and legal and medical insurance. The medical insurance wouldn’t pay the bills. So, she sued the nephew for, like, one dollar. The home owners insurance covered all the money.  

She’s still on great terms with her sister and nephew. They laughed about it. “Oh, you sued me. Lol.”

But she still got vilified world-wide because, well, no one bothered to check the real story.


“For the longest time Jon Ronson reveled in the fact that Twitter gave a voice to the voiceless … the social media platform gave us all a chance to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But somewhere along the way, things took a turn. In this passionate, eloquent talk, Ronson explains how too often we end up behaving like a baying mob — and that it’s time to rethink how we interact with others online. “


Escrito e dirigido pelo incrível Bong Joon-Ho (Expresso do Amanhã [2013]), saiu o empolgante primeiro trailer de Okja.

Com colaboração de Jon Ronson (Frank [2014]), a trama acompanha Mija, uma jovem que arrisca tudo para evitar que uma poderosa multinacional sequestre seu melhor amigo, um animal gigante chamado Okja.

Estão no elenco Tilda Swinton (Adaptação [2002]), Paul Dano (Sangue Negro [2007]), Seo-Hyun Ahn (Hanyo [2010]), Lily Colins (Um Sonho Possível [2009]), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead [2010 - 2016]), Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting - Sem Limites [1996]), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul [2017]), Jake Gyllenhaal (O Abutre [2014]), Daniel Henshall (O Babadook [2014]), Devon Bostick (Os 100 [2014 - 2017]) e Woo-sik Choi (Invasão Zumbi [2014]).

O filme tem gerado uma polêmica envolvendo sua exibição no Festival de Cannes, que acontece entre os dias 17 e 28 de maio. Esse é o primeiro ano que a competição aceita produções da Netflix, mas muito provavelmente será o último, já que para o próximo ano os filmes devem ser exibidos nos cinemas franceses para serem viáveis para os prêmios.

Disponível na Netflix em 28 de junho.

The Unquiet Mind
TED Radio Hour
The Unquiet Mind

TED Radio Hour - The Unquiet Mind

We’ve all had that moment. The moment where you might see or hear something and you wonder — am I going crazy? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences straddling that line between madness and sanity. Neurologist Oliver Sacks explains a peculiar condition called Charles Bonnet syndrome — when people of sound mind experience lucid hallucinations. Also, law professor Elyn Saks shares stories about her schizophrenic episodes and how she was able to rise above her grave diagnosis. Plus, author Jon Ronson goes psychopath spotting, and wonders who among us is truly completely sane.

So last night I attended the Dublin writers festival and met one of my favourite authors, Jon Ronson. He signed my book, called me adorable and I finally understood the phenomenon that is fangirling as I forgot how to word properly and hyperventilated in the corridor afterwards. 


Anyway, Jon Ronson is a fantastic human. He would also have me tell you that he is even better than Louis Theroux. Go read his books yeah?


Trailer: ‘Okja’ - June 28

Directed by Bong Joon Ho, written by Bong Joon Ho, Jon Ronson, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Seo-Hyun Ahn, Hee-Bong Byun, Steve Yeun, Lilly Collins and Paul Dano.

I remembered those psychologists who said psychopaths made the world go around. They meant it: society was, they claimed, an expression of that particular sort of madness. Suddenly madness was everywhere…I’ve always believed society to be a fundamentally rational thing, but what if it isn’t? What if it is built on insanity?
—  ‘The Psychopath Test’ by Jon Ronson (Chapter 1, page 32)

Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes [2008]
Directed by Jon Ronson

I finally got to see this the other night. It took me far too long but it was just one of those things I knew was good and wanted to save for a time when I could pay full attention to it. Thursday night was that time.

It focuses on the director, Ronson, being given permission by the estate of Stanley Kubrick to unearth what lies inside the thousands of cardboard boxes the late director kept in his house. Anything that could possibly be related to the world of Kubrick was in those boxes. The man kept everything and was so overwhelmingly meticulous in his process that it’s hard not to be blown away by what a great eye for detail Kubrick actually had. In this film you see things like how many different types of hats were test shot for A Clockwork Orange just to find the most sinister look, or even examples of principal photography for the amount of elaborate entrance gates for Eyes Wide Shut. 

One of the best moments is when Ronson interviews Kubrick’s assistant and gets him to read some of the more bizarre memos that he would find waiting for him each morning. One reads:

Please see there is a supply of melons kept in the house at all times, do not let the number go below three, without buying some more. 



It’s a documentary that could easily be a full series and hold your attention but it lasts not even an hour. I was captivated for every second of this rare insight into a reclusive genius, and a personal hero of mine. I’d recommend it to everyone, regardless of if they like or have even seen any of his movies. It’s just a documentary so rare in nature that you’re unlikely to come across one like it again in your lifetime.